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Water Diplomacy in Central Asia

17.11.2022 — Local news Uzbekistan

The primary success of Uzbekistan's external policy represents a cardinal reform in the Central Asian region - namely, the development of good-neighborly relations with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.


Statement on 5 July 2022

05.07.2022 — Position Uzbekistan

The Embassy of Switzerland in Tashkent expresses its deep concern about the violent clashes that recently occurred in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan: we deeply deplore the loss of life and express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Switzerland calls for an independent investigation into the events. We urge the Government of Uzbekistan to respect and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right of freedom of expression and of freedom of assembly. We call on all sides to refrain from violence as well as incitement to violence. We would welcome for the state of emergency to end soon.

Since Uzbekistan’s independence the diplomatic relations between our two countries have evolved steadily. Switzerland remains committed to supporting Uzbekistan’s reform efforts.

Swiss Delegation to Uzbekistan: 30 years anniversary of bilateral relations

10.03.2022 — Press releases Uzbekistan
On March 7, 2022, Ambassador Patricia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) together with Ambassador Dominique Paravicini, Head of the Economic Cooperation and Development Division of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) paid an official visit to Uzbekistan to discuss the cooperation between the two countries and to acknowledge the 30 year anniversary of bilateral relations between Switzerland and Uzbekistan.

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Uzbek-Swiss Bilateral Agreement on Skills Development Project is signed

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During the VII session of the Uzbek-Swiss intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation, which took place on June 29, 2015 in Bern, the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Government of Switzerland signed the Agreement on Skills Development Project – Phase IV of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The new Phase of the Skills Development Project (SDP) in Uzbekistan contributes to the improvement and further development of the Vocational education and Training system by strengthening linkages between the training offer and the demand of the labour market and the coordination among involved Ministries and agencies.

The previous three Phases of the Skills Development Project, which lasted from 2004 until February 2015, were acting at college level in automation and water related professions. The activity was focused on the development of cooperation between colleges and enterprises to create more job opportunities for students. In addition, it built the capacities of colleges’ management and teachers/masters.

The project involved 11 vocational colleges in rural areas of Andijan, Namangan, Fergana and Tashkent provinces.  It developed occupational standards responding to the requirements of current water management needs.

The new Phase will involve 4 colleges in Syrdarya and Samarkand regions and develop curricula for 2 new professions in water supply. It will also continue to provide trainings for unemployed in accordance to revised programs, so that they will have better chances to get employed.  All these opportunities are valid particularly for women, since they benefit for a special support also within this Phase of the Project.